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have a plan by next tuesday, but it's clear the nra won't like it. abc's karen travers has the details. >> reporter: vice president biden met with the most prominent opponent of gun control, the national rifle association. before hand, he sounded confident. >> there's nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little 6-year-old kids riddled, riddled with bullet holes in their classroom. and the public demands we speak to it. >> reporter: the vice president suggested his proposals were increased gun control will be bold, including mandatory background checks on virtually every gun sale and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: with 4 million highly motivated members, the nra spent more than $1 million on campaign contributions last year, and more than $2 million on lobbying. 288 members of congress have an a-rating from the nra for opposing new gun laws. in fact, gun rights were expanded in president obama's first term,
members, the nra spent more than $1 million on campaign contributions last year, and more than $2 million on lobbying. 288 members of congress have an a-rating from the nra for opposing new gun laws. in fact, gun rights were expanded in president obama's first term, as carrying firearms was made legal in national parks and on amtrak. and since the connecticut school shooting, the nra has added 100,000 new members. in a written statement, the nra said it was disappointed with the biden meeting, adding, we will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals. all the talk of new restrictions has sparked a run on gun sales. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> not a shocker there. the white house and nra do not see eye to eye on the issue. now a battle is shaping up in congress. keep in mind, when they passed the assault weapons ban in 1994, democrats controlled the house and it still passed by that mump. now it's a republican controlled house, so no matter what they put on the table come tuesday, this thing has miles to go and it's going to be an uphill ba
. the vice president is expected to present a plan that includes a ban on assault weapons. however, the nra says it does have enough votes in congress to block a new assault weapons ban. similar ban from '94 to 2004 was allowed to expire because democrats, after they passed it the first time around, lost a lot of seats in congress and said we're not going to touch this again and people don't want to mess with it because of the perceived power of the nra. that's how powerful the nra is to say it ain't going to pass this time. >> if you look at some of the studies that have been done, really that ban saved lives. if you look at some of the studies. >> i've heard a lot of mixed debate how impactful it was. the crime didn't decrease. it didn't really increase when it expired. >> but there was some new studies out. i think it did certainly make a difference. depending on what you believe. >> we'll see. mixed opinion on that one. >>> the president's choice as the next defense secretary begins critical meetings this week on capitol hill, former senator chuck hagel has come under fire for his remar
if, in fact, he does get the job. >>> and vice president joe biden meets with the nra today as the debate over gun violence intensifies. it could be a tough sell since the group has already said it opposes any new restrictions on fire arms. among those speaking out is new york's governor. andrew cuomo is urging lawmakers in his state to close loopholes on the state's assault weapons ban. >> this is not taking away people's guns. i own a gun. i own a remington shotgun. i've hunted. i've shot. that's not what this is about. it is about ending the unnecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles. [ applause ] that's what this is about. >> he was quite fired up today. yesterday rather. results of a new study are sure to fuel the already intense debate over guns. the u.s. sees far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation. due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them unlocked at home. >>> in other news this morning, accused aurora theater shooter james holmes smiled and even smirked at disturbing self-portraits and images of weapon
congress is going to do. but it is an interesting moment that the nra is being brought to the table. that should be an encouraging sign that -- around that table there's going to be a nice balance of opinion. >> right. different voices. it's interesting, the nra claims $4.4 million was spent on congressional lobbying. the brady campaign spent $5,800. so there is a disparity in terms of the amount spent lobbying. but they all need to be around that table. there should be a happy medium. i think everyone agrees that the second amendment is there for a purpose, but let's reach a consensus on this. >> absolutely. there's no way you can have a healthy, balanced gun control debate without the nra at the table. they represent a significant part of the country. but that stat that mark kelly shared, 85% of kids killed in the world happen here in the u.s. killed by guns. i knew it was bad, but i didn't know it was that bad. >> staggering and sobering. >>> the suspected aurora theater gunman james holmes acted bizarrely in the moments after the shooting, according to detectives who questioned
by gun violence on the same day vice president joe biden was meeting with the nra in the wake of that massacre in newtown, connecticut. >> never seems to end. >> no, not at all. >>> later, new worries about the fate of what might be the most closely watched whales in the world. that pod of orcas fighting the icy elements to survive. >>> then the early envelopes, the oscar nominations are in and they packed their share of both snubs and surprises. >> i was shocked. >> were you watching about 8:30 yesterday? >> yes, i was surprised. >> there was some expected ones and some not so expected ones and some folks not on the list. >> that's what got me, the snubs. >> we'll get into that dirt in just a second. >>> but first, the case against james holmes has taken a giant leap forward. late last night, a judge gave the go ahead for a trial. >> so holmes will be back in court today will he will officially -- could be officially charged. abc's clayton sandell reports from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the judge's ruling is not a surprise after prosecutors spent three days laying out a m
for gun buyers. the head of the nra was there as well. he said criminals would not be impacted by them because they do not undergo background checks. after the hearing, kelly and lapierre shook hand. >> strong disagreements. good to see they did shake hand. we disagree. we did so cordially and respectfully. >> what is the answer? what is the nra putting forth as the answer. >> security in schools, armed guard at the schools. their answer. the famous quote. the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. that is their stance. more guns, arm everybody. >> what about all the loopholes? gun show loophole? there has to be an answer from the nra about that. >> even with all of the debate going on right now. it seems the assault weapons ban from '94 to 2004. doesn't appear to go through. a lot of opposition. we are a gun loving country end of the day. oner to they get around and make head way on the background issue, the loopholes you mention, particularly, a private dealer or at gun shows, the same check system is not in place. that is gaining some ground. the ban itself
. the nra is already pushing back, saying senator feinstein has been trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades. we're confident congress will reject her approach. but in a sign of where the nation stands, a new abc news "washington post" joint poll shows that 53% of americans support the kinds of gun reforms that president obama has proposed so far. mark greenblatt, abc news, new york. >> thank you, mark. of course, the president signed several executive orders. that was the first salvo in all of this. now the tougher battle is capitol hill. even senator feinstein said the chances of this getting passed are unlikely but it's a battle worth having. we'll see what happens once it hits capitol hill. >> i think most americans, especially after newtown, they do support some sort of gun control. perhaps not an aggressive form of gun control, but something. so why wouldn't it at least be possible? >> if the public is for it, you think capitol hill would respond. from '94 to 2004 in this country, we had an assault weapons ban. and you listen to people who supported it they
's first congressional hearing on gun control begins this morning on capitol hill. the nra is expected to tell lawmakers that an assault weapons ban and back ground checks are not serious efforts to stem gun violence. gabby gifford's husband, mark kelly, is also expected to testify at the hearing. >>> in trenton, new jersey, authorities are touting the haul of weapons now off the streets thanks to a gun buyback program, bringing in 2600 hand guns. someone even hurn r turned in a rocket launcher. the state paid out $324,000 for the weapons, no questions asked. >>> a federal court is upholding san francisco's new nudity ban, so keep it under wraps. a judge ruled the ordinance does not violate first amendment rights. activists argued the right to strip down is a freedom of expression. the ban covers public areas across san francisco and goes into effect friday. >>> a mowmento from mickey mantdle's baseball career. just 536 so-called career rings were made. one for each of his home runs. the one in question belonged to his youngest son and it was stolen from his home in texas in 2007 and r
restrictions. members of the nra and wildlife interest groups will discuss their concerns over added gun control. >>> turning now to the growing public health crisis, the deadly flu outbreak has gotten so bad that one major city has declared an emergency and is offering free vaccines. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: in boston, the mayor sounded the alarm. >> today, i'm declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: at mass general hospital, there are now 24-hour waits to be admitted. and when you do get in to see a doctor or nurse, they'll now be wearing protective masks. and in minnesota, where they've had almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the flu, they're trying everything to stop the spread. for up to five days, you may be infected and contagious without a single symptom. on day one of your symptoms, the very first time, your fever will spike as high as 104, even 106 degrees. severe headache and muscle aches, too. >> i was feeling dizzy and i couldn't breathe. >> reporter: by day three, add on a sore throat, stuffy nose and dry cough. this happens to be
tragedy. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: the nra said the focus should not be on new laws. >> we need to enforce the thousand of gun laws already on the books. >> reporter: it is the mass shootings that capture the nation's attention, but every day the gun violence in the u.s. continues. last week, chicago teenager, was in washington for president obama's inauguration. she was gunned down in a park just a few blocks from her school. the apparent innocent victim of a gang war. president obama made gun control a priority for his second term, pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that will limit number of round in a magazine clip, renew a ban on so-called assault weapons and require universal background checks for gun purchases. the nra says it is no longer on board with that because it just won't work. >> you are never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> reporter: republicans and even some rural state democrats agree. that is a big challenge for president obama. rob, sunny, become to you. >> all right, thank you, karen. the world's bigge
a ban on assault weapons, while 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. abc's karen travers is covering this ongoing debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama held the last press conference of his first term. he wasn't really willing to go into details about what he's considering on gun control. but he took a lot of questions on that very explosive issue. after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary, president obama said the nation needed to change. and now he's poised to announce his own game plan on gun control. >> if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> reporter: president obama received recommendations from vice president biden. they include stronger background checks for all gun purchases. a ban on high capacity magazine clips and renewed ban on assault weapons. >> my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. >> reporter: he may have the pu
. the nra fighting against them before they were unveiled. the group's new add calls mr. obama an elitist hypocrite. because his children attend a school protected by armed guards. the white house called the ad repugnant and cowardly. >>> authorities are stepping up efforts to track down a serial bank robber who doesn't hesitate to use his assault weapon, a $100,000 reward being offered for tips leading to the arrest of the so-called ak-47 bandit. the suspect held up at least five banks last year in california, idaho and washington and he shot and wounded a police officer. the fbi believes that he's waiting to strike again. >> wow. >>> the aurora, colorado, movie theater, the site of the massacre in july, is officially reopening today. 2,000 tickets are being handed out to the survivors of the massacre, hospital workers and first responders. some survivors and relatives of the 12 people kill plan to attend. others are boycotting the event. >>> investigators in london are looking into whether the weather may have played a role in yesterday's deadly helicopter crash. the pilot and one perso
felons. dangerously mentally ill. >> reporter: a democrat from north dakota with an a-rating from the nra told george stephanopoulos, those proposals go too far. >> that's way -- way an extreme of what i think is necessary or should be talked about. it is not going to pass. >> reporter: one of the members of the vice presidential task force told me he is pushing for reforms beyond assault weapons because he wants to keep any gun out of the hand of criminals or mentally ill. >> some measures talked about were outlined in "the washington post" article over the weekend. the white house is saying, off the record, said some of the things may not be entirely accurate. still a work in progress. try to temper some of what was reported by the post. >> the bottom line is, i think, we have discussed this many times. okay you have of a gun to protect your home, protect your family, a 38, perhaps a handgun. why do you need the assault weapon? those are the weapons people are trying to get their hand on, the weapons likely targeted by the new gun laws you. don't need them for hunting. you don't need th
outlines the most aggressive gun control plan in generations. opponents are ready, including the nra, releasing a rebuttal overnight. we're live in washington. >>> developing overnight, new problems for boeing's high-tech dreamliner. two airlines grounding their fleets of the new jetliner after an emergency landing this morning. >>> autism discovery. doctors have a shocking claim that some children can outgrow it. we'll have details. >>> and artistic inspiration. the incredible work from the young artist who says he often forgets that he was born without hands. >>> good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm john muller. rob and paula are off this morning. today, the president makes good on his pledge for urgent action after the sandy hook shooting. >> he will reveal the most sweeping
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